17. In terms of the passage as a whole, one of the main functions of the third paragraph (lines 13–19) is to
A. ER’s successes in various professional pursuits
helped prepare her to take action in the political
B. ER had avoided the political spotlight in her personal pursuits.
C. ER had competing and conflicting interests during
her first year as first lady.
D. while ER had many personal accomplishments,
little could have prepared her for life as the first